Spain is one of the world's most sought-after international meeting and congress destinations and an increasing popular choice for staging all kinds of corporate events, from tradeshows and product launches to conventions, outdoor training and team building.
In addition to the country's chief cities – Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Seville and Malaga – Spain has many other uniquely attractive coastal, inland and island destinations, such as Granada, Cordova, Toledo, Segovia, Teruel, Ciutadela, San Sebastian, Corunna, Santiago de Compostela, Saragossa, Lanzarote or Menorca, to name but a few.
Practically all of the country's provincial capitals and many of its medium-sized towns now have their own convention centre, equipped with cutting-edge technology, a large number of which have been built during the present decade. Furthermore, Spain's DMCs, PCOs and MICE industry service suppliers are experienced in providing efficient and imaginative solutions for planning, organizing and staging all types of corporate and private events.
Besides being excellent value for money and a yardstick for quality, many of Spain's three-, four- and five-star hotels house state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities. Moreover, the superb service and amenities of the country's spa, golf and boutique hotels make them an ideal venue for business incentives, private celebrations, golf meetings, and conferences. In addition, there are a many marvellous heritage venues to choose from, including medieval castles, stately homes, country estates, typical haciendas, etc.
With over 40 properties on the UNESCO World Heritage list, such as the Alhambra, the Altamira Cave, or the archaeological ensemble of Merida – and nearly as many again on the tentative list – a large number of world-renowned museums, archaeological sites, heritage buildings and monuments, in addition to age-old traditions and festivals, Spain is one of the world's foremost cultural destinations.
A patchwork of enticing landscapes, varied terrain and diverse coastline, Spain is an unbeatable destination for all kinds of outdoor activities. Besides a seemingly endless choice of golf courses, the list of outdoor activities covers everything from adventure, high-risk and water sports to hiking, horse trekking, bird watching. Over 1,100 protected spaces, including a large number of national and natural parks, and 26 Biosphere Reserves, contain valuable habitats for a rich diversity of fauna and flora unique in Europe.
The country's delicious and varied cuisine, prepared with fresh seasonal produce, and its award-winning wines and olive oil, have become a yardstick for gourmets the world over. With the growing popularity of wine and gourmet tourism, a large number of wineries now incorporate meeting and event facilities, and there are many agencies that organise routes through the country's wine-growing regions. And last but not least, the proverbial joie de vivre and hospitality of the Spaniards, etc.